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Blues Brothers Revue at Sondheim theater

Apr 03, 2017

Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and Musical Director Paul Shaffer present the “Official Blues Brothers Revue” Saturday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Combining the comedy, music and mayhem from the original movie, as well as songs from the five albums from John Belushi and Dan Akyroyd in a live concert, the “Official Blues Brothers Revue” is a faithful recreation of the famous, Jake and Elwood, and a spectacular tribute to Chicago’s rich history of blues, R&B and traditional soul music, played with the same soul and conviction of the original Blues Brothers Band.

The “Official Blues Brothers Revue” is the only Blues Brothers show to be officially sanctioned by Dan Ackroyd and Judith Belushi. It is as close as you will get to Jake and Elwood, the music and magic of one of the greatest musical partnerships in the history of the silver screen, for a one-of-a-kind stage show that highlights the music, comic antics and affectionate character quirks that made blues fans out of millions of rockers in the 1970s and ’80s.

It almost seems like yesterday that brothers Jake and Elwood Blues – played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd – invited the world to join them on their “mission from God.”

After auditioning over 400 performers, Aykroyd and John Belushi’s widow, Judith, hand-picked veteran blues artists Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty to play Jake and Elwood Blues.

The show boasts Blues Brothers staples like “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Rawhide,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Peter Gunn,” “Gimme Some Lovin” and more, just like Belushi and Aykroyd did.

A band of crack blues musicians and singers from the U.S. and Canada perform the music with all the soul, skill and playfulness of the original Blues Brother Band while Catania and Lafferty command center stage as Jake and Elwood.

The hit movie “The Blues Brothers” was a loveable tale of redemption about a pair of overage juvenile delinquents who set out to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up from the tax man. In the film, they re-form their rhythm and blues band, The Blues Brothers, and organize a benefit concert to raise $5,000 to help “the Penguin” pay off the debt.

But things didn’t go quite according to plan for Jake and Elwood and their mission devolved into a journey of misadventure and mayhem. In the process, Aykroyd and Belushi created one of best-loved movies of all time with some of the most extraordinary musical performances ever recorded on film.

It’s that music that the “Official Blues Brothers Revue” is all about.

Tickets are $39 for Zone 1, $33 for Zone 2, $22 for Zone 3 and $15 for Zone 4 and youth. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 and online at www.FairfieldACC.com.

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